Thailand expected to produce 300,000 tons of shrimp next year

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BANGKOK, 19 December 2013 The Thai Shrimp Association forecasts that Thailand will produce around 300,000 tons of shrimp next year, adding that cases of EMS shrimp disease are expected to decline. 

The Thai Shrimp Association revealed that shrimp production this year had seen a drop of 11 percent globally due to the outbreak of EMS shrimp disease. The disease, according to Thai Shrimp Association President Somsak Paneetatyasai, had caused Thailand to produce only 250,000 tons of shrimp this year, a tremendous drop of 54 percent compared to the figure in the previous year which stood at 540,000 tons.

Mr. Somsak believed the situation would improve next year after serious measures were taken against the disease. He forecasted that the country’s shrimp production would be in the range of 300,000-320,000 tons in 2014.

Thailand in the first 10 months of 2013 exported nearly 176,000 tons of shrimp, with an export value of 56 billion baht, representing a 30 percent decrease year-on-year.